Connemara to Westport
4 Days / 4 Nights
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Connemara to Westport
Regularly touted as the loveliest part of the west coast of Ireland, this route has something to suit everyone.
The scenery is stunning – all coast, mountains and lakes, with some lovely villages and amazing beaches along the way. There are a number of famous landmark sights on this route, including our personal favourite, Kylemore Abbey. This route is based on 3 days cycling, but it can work equally well if you wish to take a more leisurely approach and make it into a 4 day trip.
Our scheduled transfers depart Galway at 2pm each day from 15th April – 31st October.
It is a 90 minute transfer from Galway Bus Station to the beautiful harbour village of Roundstone. On arrival, you check-in at Roundstone House.
Bike Fitting for all guests followed by a short spin to Gurteen Beach & Dogs Bay to help you to get used to your bike, and perhaps a quick swim or walk along the beach to start your holiday in Connemara.
Gurteen is a secluded beach; with its golden sand and crystal blue sea, it is simply stunning.
Back to Roundstone village you’ll enjoy evening dinner and later you might fancy a nice pint of Guinness in O’Dowd’s bar, with the accompaniment of some great traditional Irish music.
After breakfast we set off from Roundstone towards the bustling, historic town of Clifden.
This 23km section is relatively flat with wonderful views of the Atlantic to our left and the mountains and lakes of Connemara to our right.
We Lunch in Clifden and take some time out to explore this lovely town. After lunch we take the Sky Road, famous for its views overlooking Clifden Bay and the offshore islands of Inishturk and Turbo.
The Sky road is also a good vantage point to view the Twelve Bens mountain range.
Leaving the Sky road behind us we join the main road for 200 meters before taking a left turn to the fishing village of Cleggan.
We will stay overnight in Oliver’s on Cleggan Pier; it provides excellent accommodation, seriously good seafood, and sensational local Connemara Lamb.
Today we travel out along the Connemara Loop.
The beauty of this section is not only in the scenery but also the remoteness of the place.
Lunch will take us to Tully Cross and Coynes Bar, a lovely little place with the best seafood chowder in the West, which offers a welcome break from the bike.
After lunch we will take the rural coast road with its amazing view.
Once we turn onto the lake road it is certainly worth taking some time out for photos or maybe a swim in the beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic.
At the end of the Connemara Loop we take a short detour back to Kylemore Abbey, one always needs to keep the best till last and Kylemore Abbey is always a joy to visit and relax with a nice coffee and a stroll in the walled garden.
After Kylemore Abbey we head for Leenane and join the road along Killary Harbour.
We will stay overnight at the Leenane Hotel with views across Killary Harbour. The dinner menu in the Leenane hotel is excellent, with all the ingredients sourced from local producers or caught from the waters opposite the hotel.
We love the Leenane Hotel!
This stage is extremely beautiful and is regularly voted the best stage on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Our morning stage to lunch in Louisburgh is 35km. The route starts along the north side of Killary Harbour with stunning views across to Leenane and the Twelve Bens mountain range.
On reaching the end of Killary Harbour we turn inland, cycling beside mountain streams and hugging the lake road as it opens up the panoramic views across Doolough Valley.
Lunch will be in the small village of Louisburgh, and with just 17km to Westport we have the final coast road spin to enjoy, with views across Clew Bay to our left and Croagh Patrick to our right.
We end our cycling tour and overnight in Westport and enjoy a welcome rest, some great Irish Hospitality and traditional Irish music.
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This Tour is 4 Days/4 Nights
This Tour starts every Saturday from 21st April 2019 until 29th September 2019
We class this tour in the Moderate category and therefore suitable for every level of Cycling enthusiast.
On this tour, we use some beautifully located hotels and B&B's and includes a hearty breakfast before departing for the day’s cycle, and a wonderful home cooked evening meal in the local village.
Included on this tour, are a hearty breakfast before departure, and a wonderful home cooked evening meal on completion of the day’s cycle. We will recommend a lunch stop for each day but please note lunch is not included in the above tour price.
Ride Wild can provide a signature Trek Road Bike from our Bike Partners at Trek Bikes at a cost of €45.00 per day. Alternatively you can rent a super comfortable E-Bike at a cost of €60.00 per day. It is suggested you bring your own pedals/shoes/helmet but they can be provided if necessary.
All transfers are included during the duration of this tour. Airport transfers can also be arranged, price on application.
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On this tour, we use some beautifully located houses and B&B's and includes a hearty breakfast before departing for the day’s cycle, and a wonderful home cooked evening meal in the local village.
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